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Field Trial Report

Reelfoot Field Trial Club

By Mary Sue Schalk | Jan 05, 2021
Amateur All-Age Winners. From left: Mike Crouse with Crouse’s Equalizer, Alan Benson with Crouse’s Quiet Man. Erin’s Cure the Blues, Dennis Sneed, owner-handler, was not available. Standing: B. J. Wright and Dr.Marion Brown, the judges,  and Greg Veatch, dog wagon driver.

Kevil, Ky. — The Ohio Valley Field Trail Circuit kicked off  its season on Friday, November 13, and concluded Saturday, November 14, at the West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area in Kevil, Ky. The event featured three stakes with dogs from Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. The Reelfoot Field Trial Club is appreciative of the competitors, judges and volunteers who helped the event run smoothly over two days.

Judges included B. J. Wright, Dr. Marion Brown, Dennis Sneed and Tessa Hughes. Alan Benson was slated to judge the Derby, but due to a horse incident was excused and Mrs. Tessa Hughes graciously stepped in. Mr. Benson and horse are both well and neither was injured.

All judges have been involved with horseback field trials for several years at many levels. They bring the eye of the competitor, volunteer, past judge and stake managers in several states. They were attentive, active participants and we thank them for their time in the judicial saddle.


The Amateur All-Age stake drew eight entries and all eight dogs took off from the line. B. J. Wright and Marion Brown served as the judges which was run on Friday. Due to illness, Mary Sue Schalk was unable to handle her dogs drawn. Fortunately, between Schalk’s dad, Mike Crouse, and Alan Benson all eight dogs competed in the stake.

The field turned out some fine canine competitors naming Crouse’s Equalizer first, Equalizer’s little brother, first-year dog Crouse’s Quiet Man, second, and Dennis Sneed and Erin’s Cure the Blues, third. Crouse handled both black and white pointer males to the top spots, while Sneed, owner and handler of Cure the Blues, handled his pointer to complete the placements.

The Derby took place on Saturday with Dennis Sneed and Tessa Hughes serving as the judges. Seven youngsters competed, six pointers and one setter. Nothing like Derbies in the fall! We extend our gratitude to Mrs. Hughes, stepping in to judge the stake at a moment's notice! These were enjoyable young dogs to watch. At the conclusion of the stake three handlers came away with a piece of the pie. Small’s White Charger, pointer male, won the stake for owner-handler Mike Small. Nosam’s Lady Like, a pointer female, owned and handle by Mason Ashburn took the second place spot. Finishing third was Tennessee Game Kate, owned by Randy England and handled by Mike Crouse.

To complete the trial, Dennis Sneed and Dr. Marion Brown judged the Shooting Dog Stake. Six dogs competed. Owner-handler Joe Hughes took first and second with J Maple Jester in the top spot and J Maple Lucy second. Crouse’s Icee Beauty earned the third place spot for owner-handler Mike Crouse.

The Reelfoot Club and Ohio Valley Field Trial Circuit are grateful for all involved in making this event a success! We encourage all horseback field trial enthusiasts to come check out the West Kentucky WMA this season as the employees of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife have done an excellent job prepping and maintaining the grounds for our competitions.

Our next event is the Coalfield Bird Dog Club Field Trial. Also, just a reminder the Ohio Valley Field Trial Circuit does award Dog of the Year for the All-Age, Derby and Shooting Dog divisions at the end of the season. Best of luck to all competitors as the 2020-2021 season continues!

Kevil, Ky., November 13

Judges: Dr. Marion Brown and B. J. Wright

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 7 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—CROUSE’S EQUALIZER, 1660748, pointer male, by Crouse’s Ebony Masterpiece—Crouse’s Gerri Wind. M. D. Crouse, owner and handler.

2d—CROUSE’S QUIET MAN, 1685396, pointer male, by Crouse’s Ebony Masterpiece—Crouse’s Gerri Wind. M. D. Crouse, owner and handler.

3d—ERIN’S CURE THE BLUES, 1686787, pointer male, by Miller’s Speed Dial—Erin’s Be On Me. Dennis Sneed, owner and handler.

Judges: Tessa Hughes and Dennis Sneed

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—SMALL’S WHITE CHARGER, 1687724, pointer male, by Phillips Off Line—Phillips North Line. Mike Small, owner and handler.

2d—NOSAM’S LADY LIKE, 1691960, pointer female, by Whippoorwill Justified—House’s Snow White. T. Mason Ashburn, owner and handler.

3d—TENNESSEE GAME KATE, 165162, pointer female, by Game Wardon—Tennessee Coldwater Pearl. Randy England, owner; M. D. Crouse, handler.

Judges: Dr. Marion Brown and Dennis Sneed

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 6 Pointers

1st—J MAPLE JESTER, 1675700, female, by J Maple Jake—Coldwater Queen Kate. Joe & Tessa Hughes, owners; Joe Hughes, handler.

2d—J MAPLE LUCY, 1681755, pointer female, by J Maple Jake—J M Storm Cat. Joe & Tessa Hughes, owners; Joe Hughes, handler.

3d—CROUSE’S ICE BEAUTY, 1669122, pointer female, by In The Shadow—Crouse’s Samuri Watch. M. D. Crouse, owner and handler.

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